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It’s Not Your Parents’ Retirement

Posted on 09/25/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkFile this one under the Tell-Me-Something-I-Didn’t-Already-Know category: People in the boomer generation face an uncertain future in retirement, and it’s not clear if they can dodge the prospect of outliving their savings. That’s what a panel of experts told a Senate hearing Wednesday. We’re no longer shocked by the notion that our lifestyle in retirement may be less comfortable than that of our parents and grandparents. Nor are we surprised that there doesn’t seem to be much interest in implementing  …

Say What? You’re Bringing Mom and Dad to the Job Interview?

Posted on 09/20/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkOk, so maybe some of us baby boomers deserve the “helicopter parents” label for the way we hover over our kids. Still, I can’t imagine accompanying my bearded 20-something son on a job interview. I may be in the minority here because taking Mom and Dad on job searches and to interviews appears to be a weird new trend. According to a 2012 survey of more than 500 college graduates, 8 percent said they had a parent go with them …

Looking for a Good Job? Now’s the Time. Or Not.

Posted on 09/19/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkOfficials at Gallup poll apparently broke out the rose-colored glasses when they reported Thursday that Americans are more optimistic about the availability of good jobs. Of the 1,510 people polled, a majority of people ages 50 to 64 (78 percent), and 65-plus (79 percent), say that now is actually a bad time to find what Gallup said was a quality job. Younger folks were only slightly less pessimistic. Sixty percent of people ages 18 to 29, and 65 percent of …

Companies Pledge to Recognize Value of Older Workers

Posted on 09/17/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkGood news for older workers. Google, AT&T and MetLife are among some 250 employers that signed a pledge recently to recognize the value of experienced workers and vowed to consider hiring older applicants when job openings arise. It’s not a moment too soon for companies to make a commitment to look at older job applicants. Since the recession hit and jobs were hard to come by, many older job seekers say they believe that age discrimination made it more difficult for …

Older Job Seekers Fear Being Seen as Overqualified

Posted on 09/13/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkSnagging a job interview is a good thing, right? Well, yes, and for most people, it’s about as nerve-wracking as delivering a speech to a packed audience. A new poll finds that a job interview is a stressful ordeal for most of the 1,002 working adults surveyed. Having the jitters, of course, was a common complaint. For older workers, there was something else to worry about:  one in five people ages 54 to 65 say they worry that they’ll be considered …

Dear Abby Weighs In on Older Workers Debate

Posted on 09/9/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

WorkThe debate over older workers staying on the job longer, and crowding out younger employees, won’t go away. In a recent Dear Abby column, “Disgusted in Columbus, Ohio,” blasted older workers for hanging onto their jobs “so they can live lavish lifestyles” at the expense of younger workers who don’t advance in the workplace, or worse, get laid off. Yet as Dear Abby pointed out, many older adults stay on the job these days just to survive.  During the financial crisis and …